Alright guys, so after much deliberation and more research on others lineups and blogs I’m gonna take one more crack at a 120 mil lineup. Even though I took out the big free agent signing, I tried to use trades for younger talent in order to put together a team that could late a couple of years. Also a number of the players can play multiple postions making, meaning that the manager would have a lot of freedom with the starting lineup. Explanation of trades and free agent signings is below the lineup
C: AJ Ellis (435k)
1B: James Loney (6mil)
2B: Martin Prado (4.5mil)
SS: Dee Gordon (420k)
3B: Juan Uribe (8mil F*ing Ned)
RF: Jerry Sands (420k)
CF: Matt Kemp (15mil, seems to be the agreed amount for first year of his BIG deal )
LF: Kelly Johnson (6mil contract discussed below)
Juan Rivera (4mil, again F*ing Ned)
Ian Stewart (2mil)
Jose Constanza (420k)
Justin Sellers (420k)
Ramon Castro (1.25mil)
Clayton Kershaw (6mil, seems to be the agreed amount for first year of his BIG deal)
Hiroki Kuroda (9.5mil- 2.5mil deferred to next year)
Ted Lily (11mil)
Chad Billingsly (9mil)
Aaron Harang (4mil)
Matt Guerrier (4.75)
Kenley Jansen (435k)
Scott Elbert (435k)
Blake Hawksworth (435k)
Javy Guerra (420k)
Josh Lindblom (420k)
Hong-Chih Kuo (1.5mil)
Roster comes to 97.775 mil. Then add the 22.262 mil. Total comes to 120,037 million for next year. (Sorry it’s a tad over)
Why: The Braves are dying for a real bat in their out field, but can’t dish out a big contract. They put Prado there because they don’t have anything better. Either will give them a year of the bat they need at a price that isn’t entirely out of their range. As for the Dodgers, in Prado they get a solid everyday player who can play a number of positions, is a good bat for the 2 slot in the lineup, and still has two years till free agency. Also despite Prado’s bad year in 2011, the three years before that he put up an OPS of over 800. As for Jose Constanza, he is a outfielder with a good glove, a ton of speed, and hits for average (think Tony Gwynn, but a better bat). Currently the Braves have no space in the outfield (they won’t move Heyward to make space), and at 26 he is getting a little old to wait around for the outfield logjam in Atlanta to clear. So with Jose, Dodgers get a younger Gwynn at half the price. Martin will make about 4.5 mil through arbitration and Jose will cost 420k, while Either will cost about 12 through arbitration. That saves about 7 million.
Why: Currently the Rockies are strapped for starting pitching after injuries and trades racked them last year. Also they have started to sour on once highly touted third baseman Ian Stewart. Personally I believe that Stewart is young and still has a chance to be a good MLB third baseman once he figures some stuff out. So Colorado gets a solid nearly ready starter and backup infielder. The Dodgers get a third baseman who lets face it, even when playing bad he still isn’t much worse than Uribe, and has a high potential ceiling if he can find his swing again. Through arbitration Stewart will cost about 2 mil on the books.
Free Agent Signings:
Kelly Johnson: 2B/LF 3yrs/21 mil (paid 6,7,8). A left handed power bat. Sure he strikes out a lot but he can play left and second, so he’ll help to plug the loss of Either in the outfield. In my other attempt people said I signed him low, so I added a few millions.
Aaron Harang: SP 1yr/4 mil (with a 5 mil. Option) Screw Gaslamp for trying to make a point of their vote. It’s not like the writers of True Blue voted didn’t vote Halladay to ensure that he couldn’t beat Kershaw. So instead we’ll take Harang who is a decent pitcher as long as he stays out of home run happy parks like Cincinnati, so he should do fine at Dodger Stadium.
Kuroda: SP 1yr/12 mil (paid as 9.5 mil with 2.5 deferred. It’s the Kuroda Special)
Hong-Chih Kuo: RP *1yr/1.5 mil. He was awesome in 09 and 10 I’m willing to give him one more chance
Ramon Castro: 1yr/1.25 mil cause that seems to be the accepted for a back up catcher.
Other fun with the lineup:
If you haven’t noticed, the roster has a number of players that can play multiple positions. This means that as injuries happen it would be fairly easy for the team to fill in empty spots. Also if you’re a fan of playing platoons to get better pitching matchups the team makeup allows it (also you could drop Uribe from the lineup to the bench as well!!!)
Vs. LHP 1.Dee Gordon (SS) 2. Martin Prado (2B) 3. Kelly Johnson (LF) 4. Matt Kemp (CF) 5. Juan Rivera (1B) 6. Jerry Sands (RF) 7. Juan Uribe (3B) 8. AJ Ellis (C)
*Xei if you run a simulation have the starting lineup be 1. Gordon (SS) 2. Prado (3B) 3. Johnson (2B) 4. Kemp (CF) 5 Rivera (LF) 6. Loney (1B) 7. Sands (RF) 8. Ellis(C). Pull the idiot Uribe out!